Police in North Carolina say it is very unlikely a missing 10-year-old girl ran away from home.
The search warrant and information coming from Hickory police surrounding Zahra Baker's disappearance brings into question if this was a case of mistaken identity by strangers or a carefully-crafted plot by people close to Baker, possibly her own parents.
According to the warrant, a brush and car fire at the Baker family home the morning Zahra disappeared included a ransom note on a car windshield. That note mentions Adam Baker's boss' name, demanding a million dollars for the boss' kidnapped daughter and no police.
Police checked that man and his daughter and both were fine. Then, a short time later, the warrant says Baker called police from the same address saying someone poured gas in his vehicle and that whoever did it took his daughter, not his boss' daughter.
Police think it could be a smoke screen.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins says "we are questioning the validity of that note. We have no further demands from that note."
The warrant also says cadaver dogs got positive hits for the presence of human remains in the car that had gas poured in it, plus another car at the Baker's house.
Police aren't talking about their evidence but do say they have no timeline of the last time anyone saw Zahra alive, prompting this plea:
Chief Adkins says "anyone who has seen this girl in the last week, the last month, we are running out of time folks."